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2015 senior project ideas

Are you a UNH junior looking for an exciting senior project? Are you interested in driving research, and/or eye tracking research? Would you like to work publish your work at a conference (three recent senior projects resulted in publications: pupil diameter, navigation, driver authentication)? Would you like to design new interaction techniques, such as this LED-based augmented reality navigation aid:

If so, here is a list of ideas for 2015 senior projects:

  1. Collision warning systems. Collision warning systems issue auditory, visual, or multimodal warnings in the case of imminent collision. But, do drivers pay attention to these warnings? Do these systems reduce braking reaction time? These are some of the questions the senior project team will explore through driving simulator-based studies.
  2. Intelligent agent controller for automated vehicle. Automated vehicles are of great interest to the automotive industry. The senior project team will develop an intelligent agent to control a simulated vehicle. In future work the intelligent agent will be used in exploring HCI issues related to automated driving.
  3. Intelligent human-computer interaction that supports reengagement in driving. A central question in automated driving is: how will driver reengage in the driving task once the automation needs assistance? The senior project team will design strategies for alerting the driver, as well as methods to evaluate how fully the driver has reengaged in the driving task.
  4. Using Apple Siri while driving. With the support of Apple engineers we are setting up Siri in our driving simulator. The senior project team will design experiments to assess the safety of interacting with Siri while driving.
  5. Eye tracking for early detection of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. Early detection of the disease, and a subsequent early intervention, might improve the odds of successful treatment. The senior project team will explore the use of eye behavior and pupil diameter as measures for early detection.
  6. Comparing Prezi and slides. Prezi presentations are exciting. The senior project team will explore what the strengths and weaknesses of this presentation style when compared to traditional slide presentations.
  7. Your ideas. Do you have a senior project idea in the general areas of driving, and eye tracking? Let us know – send email to Andrew Kun.

Eindhoven Technical University (TU/e), (7/7/2014)


Dr. Jacques Terken of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) hosted a very interesting tour of the TU/e campus and the Industrial Design Department during our day-trip to Eindhoven a few weeks ago.

Much of the research we were shown had to do with the study of peripheral interaction, which incorporates elements from the fields of HCI, HF/E, and Industrial Engineering.

We were first shown the department’s five-screen driving simulator, and we were given a chance to drive it ourselves. What set this simulator apart from others I’ve seen, though, is that they used a digital projector (behind the driver’s head) to display information ‘on top of’ the driving environment. This feature had been used to display information about the road ahead to a driver whose view is blocked by a freight truck in front of them. I think it’s a really innovative way of addressing problems with limited driver visibility.

We were also shown a demonstration of a blending of driving/commuting and social networking. Using hand gestures drivers in the simulation would be able to select and “Like” something about their driving environment, whether it be a cool car they saw, a place they drove past, or any number of other things someone might encounter in traffic. This was really interesting to me, and was the highlight of my trip to TU/e.

Big thanks to Jacques Terken, Saskia Bakker, Hanneke Hooft van Huysduynen, and Chao Wang for showing us around and sharing your work!